Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis. We learn from LifeSiteNews.com: An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that … More →
The Remnant: In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, … More →
Crisis: Chesterton once wrote that “War is not the best way of settling differences—but it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you.” If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs … More →
Vatican Insider: Two Catholic priests serving China’s underground – or “clandestine” as it is called – Church were forcibly removed by government officials and police officers on the afternoon of Sunday March 22nd. They were rounded up as the celebrated Sunday mass in a private home in the city of Mudanjiang, 350 km south-east of Harbin, in the north-eastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang. More on this … More →
Catholic Herald: Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly they should pray that the Holy Spirit guides the bishops’ deliberations, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
CNA: “[A] source close to the situation told CNA that the Knights were ambushed by a campaign that smeared their motives and created confusion. “C.J. Doyle, executive director of Boston’s Catholic Action League,’ alleged that the Knights were acting ‘treacherously’ and that their actions were actually ‘helping (the activist group) spread their message.’” One “source” told CNA that Mr. Doyle “created a scandal.” Hold on CNA! … More →
A fifteen year-old Catholic was among others who blocked a suicide bomber from entering a Catholic church. Four Moslems were killed preventing another bomber from entering an Anglican church. AsiaNews:The number of people killed in yesterday’s twin attacks against Christian churches in Youhanabad, Lahore, has risen to 17. This morning Khushi Masih and Barkat Masih died in hospital from the wounds they sustained in the blasts. … More →
CNA: The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, will host a March 16 forum for parents, teachers, students and their allies opposed to the archdiocese. The university’s Institute for Catholic Education and Leadership and the group Concerned Parents and Students-Teach Acceptance are co-sponsoring the event. Forum speakers include Brian Cahill, a former executive director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate who has often criticized the … More →
Demand Action from National Leadership of Knights of Columbus over Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Scandal
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is urging all faithful Catholics concerned over the scandal of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to contact the national leadership of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, and urge them to veto the decision by Bay State Knights to march in Sunday’s parade along with a homosexual activist group. The State Council of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus … More →
MalayMail Online: Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive. The first leader of the world’s Roman Catholics to come from Latin America has been credited with bringing a breath of fresh air to the way the Church relates to … More →
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the decision of the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus to march—after a decades long absence—in Boston’s 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the first year in the history of the parade that a homosexual group has been invited to participate by the parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. As a … More →
Bravo! Catholic schools have also pulled out of the parade. Catholic Online: Every year, the City of Norfolk hosts a St Patrick’s Day Parade. A local Knights of Columbus Council have sponsored the parade for decades.This year, a local regional Knights Council, against the clear direction of the local Catholic pastor, a courageous and faithful young priest named Father Dan Beeman, chose Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe … More →
LifeSite News: German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, who headed the Papal Council Cor Unum until 2010 and was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, has publicly opposed the words and direction of the German Bishops’ Conference. In a Letter to the Editor to the German newspaper Die Tagespost on March 7, 2015, Cardinal Cordes contradicts the words of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the … More →
Whispers in the Loggia: It’s being called the “Cupich appointment of the West,” and not without reason – resolving the highest-profile vacancy on the current US docket, at Roman Noon tomorrow the Pope is slated to name Bishop Robert McElroy, the 61 year-old auxiliary of San Francisco known as one of the Stateside bench’s most outspoken progressives, as the sixth bishop of San Diego and … More →
Last December, in a shocking defeat for Catholic religious freedom rights, a minority on the board of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—dispossessed the majority, surrendered to political pressure orchestrated by Mayor Martin Walsh, and agreed to permit a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade. In doing so, this minority dishonored themselves, discarded a hard fought, … More →